City councilor requesting $3 million for Paseo Del Norte expansion


An Albuquerque city councilor is urging her constituents to call on their state lawmakers to get the Paseo Del Norte expansion going.

“Especially around 4:00, 5:00, 6:00, it does get pretty backed up,” says Brennan Cook.

Cook has been living on Albuquerque’s westside for the past year and says the traffic on Paseo Del Norte has gotten a lot worse.

“It is a little bit of a nuisance. I don’t like experiencing traffic. Everybody gets a little bit of road rage and it’s not the best, especially here in New Mexico, not the best drivers,” he says.

Expanding Paseo Del Norte from just past Golf Course all the way out to Rainbow, has been on City Councilor Cynthia Borrego’s radar ever since she got into office.

“What we’re proposing is two additional lanes. One traveling east, one traveling west,” she says.

That would make it four lanes total.

To make that happen, Borrego is now asking for help from the Roundhouse.

“We’re asking the State Legislature to give us $3 million so we can proceed with the design and the acquisition,” she says.

The two-mile project will cost about $18 million.

On the Ventana Ranch Neighborhood Facebook page, there’s a post that quotes Borrego, asking everyone to call or write their state lawmakers in that district to fund the project.

She says she’ll even provide their names.

“It’s creating a major problem for Unser, for McMahon, for Irving, for other streets that are in District 5,” she says.

If the state legislature approves the $3 million request, construction could start next year. It’s unclear how the city will pay for the rest of it.

Local State Senator Sander Rue says he’s aware of the demand for this project.

He’ll be holding a Town Hall on Saturday to discuss it. It will be held at the Don Newton-Taylor Ranch Community Center at 1 p.m. to 3 p.m.

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